Meet Northern Territory songwriter Serina Pech and her new single, Sing Your Own Song
In her second song for 2019, Pech re-affirms her knack for subtle, but beautiful songwriting.
If you're yet to be acquainted, consider this a good time to introduce yourself to Serina Pech. The Northern Territory singer-songwriter has stepped forward as one of the region's most beautiful songwriters, showcasing her skillset across her self-titled debut EP back in 2017, collaborations with rising Bad Apples rapper BIRDZ, and the steady stream of singles which have seen her re-emerge as a new favourite in 2019. It kicked off with Take A Look Around earlier this year, a tender track which paired lyrics of observing the world around you with its soft and subtle songwriting, and it's something continuing into the second half of the year too, bookmarked by her latest track, Sing Your Own Song.
Sing Your Own Song is a moment of inner-reflection for Pech, opening up and showcasing her vulnerability as a songwriter as gentle melodies and soft rhythms move around her. "Sing Your Own Song is about choosing your own path in life, and accepting the mistakes you make along the way," she says on the track. "Setbacks in life shape the person you become, and when those setbacks rock us a little, there's great power in knowing who you are and that you'll return to wherever you are." There's a lot of excitement around Pech as both a musician and songwriter, but we think it'll be better to let her - and her music - do the talking. Introduce yourself to Serina Pech and Sing Your Own Song below:
Tell us about yourself?
I'm an Aries. I love writing and creating in the studio the most, but am a closet nerd when it comes to astrology. I’m currently going through my Jupiter return. I was born in the small town of Katherine but moved a little way aways to Darwin three years ago. Proud to live in and call the NT home.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
Heavily influenced by The Carpenters, I love big sweeping harmonies and conversational voices. People that sound like they are talking to you when they sing. It's intimate, personal and comforting. Other great examples of these sounds would be Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys. Very wide arrangements with a lot of sentiment and magic. It all really kind of washes over you. People often feel like they are going to sleep or chilling out when they listen to my songs but I want the arrangements to hit deep inside.
What are your production and writing processes like?
I try to either convey a story or emit a feeling. Different emotions make different songs. It can be challenging sometimes to write only on a guitar as it has its limitations and I only know how to play what I know. With that being said, it creates a solid foundation off which to build. In recording sessions, getting other musicians to play with and on your musical idea and direction is where the magic begins to amalgamate; your style and vision and their interpretation of it. The vibe isn’t always right but that's why it's good to make a solid song first. My strongest instrument is my voice so I love to make big melodic harmonies to travel through the song. It also helps me create other ideas for instruments to add as I can easily sing what I hear in my mind.
Can you tell us about your new single, Sing Your Own Song?
It's about going your own way and following your own beat in life. I think people can at times be too hard on themselves and try to live up to the expectations of others and their many versions of what's perfect. In essence, if we were all accepting of the beliefs and values of others aside from the need to align them with our own we would realise that perfection in each other. So I guess it's about loving yourself unconditionally, trusting where you land or fall in life and accepting the complex dualities that exist in the dynamic human beings that we are. Life has its very own resonance.
Any tour dates coming up?
I am excited to be supporting Greta Stanley as part of the Darwin Festival on the 23rd of August. As for tours, we’re working on some stuff… just keep an eye on social media for any news.
What does 2019 have in store for you?
I’m looking to release some more music, particularly some of my darker songs, through my 2nd EP out by the end of the year. Pushing my boundaries and creative scope through learning to produce and doing some more writing and collaborations with other musicians or creatives so people can get a better look at me I guess... from all sides. I think sometimes an artist or anyone really in their given profession can feel pigeonholed and limit themselves by thinking they can only be one genre or work in one profession and that's not what I'm about right now. Creativity especially has always been, for me, the freedom to express so I am looking to explore that in as many ways as possible. As for how this might look or how it may manifest I guess you'll just have to wait and see. Every day I'm opening my eyes to what's possible for me and am so grateful for my family at Settle Down Records for helping me to do that and to see.
Where can we find more of your music?
My music is available on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. For any updates and goings on in this musical world of mine, I am pretty active on Instagram and Facebook.